Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and his Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA) faced a barrage of attacks on Saturday over the planned Sunday service of the church in Abuja after reports that the city has three coronavirus cases.
In an Instagram post, the church announced:
“Following a directive from the FCT Administration, please be informed that service would hold tomorrow, 22nd March, 2020 by 7:30am @Evelyn Centre and 9am at The COZA AUDITORIUM, Guzape Hills , Asokoro Extension, Abuja
“Electronic thermometers will be used (2) There will be alcohol based sanitizers ( 3) There will a considerable space between the worshippers. (4) The Air flow systems are effective . ( 5) The blood of Jesus puts the enemy ( pestilence) at bay. #FearNot #CovenantOfProtection #Exploits #BetterDaysAhead”.
|The COZA Sunday service notice that triggered the attacks|
In the second notice, the Church further assured worshippers of their safety, claiming it has taken adequate precautions.
“Hello family, we are geared up to excitedly receive you tomorrow 22nd of March by 7:30am at our #CentrePointCampus, Evelyn Event Centre, Gwarinpa. Worshippers can be assured of our unwavering commitment to a clean and conducive environment for service. Your safety is paramount to us and we are complying with the directives of the FCT Administration by ensuring: 1) Temperatures are measured using electronic thermometers 2) Availability of alcohol based sanitizers 3) A considerable space between worshippers 4) Effective Air Flow Systems 5) Above all, the Blood of Jesus severes us from this pestilence. See you there”.
However many Nigerians have attacked the church for ignoring public health warnings amidst a deadly global epidemic. Read some other reactions below:
In the last 24 hours#COVID19 killed 793 in Italy, 112 in France, 324 in Spain and 53 in the UK— LOLA (@CuteNaija) March 22, 2020
All these deaths happened yesterday alone!
We have 22 confirmed cases, tracking down 3000+ contacts
But one #COZA pastor is ignoring pubic health warnings to have a physical service
One of the things COZA stated for holding service is:— Aproko Doctor™ (@aproko_doctor) March 21, 2020
"Electronic thermometers will be used"
Let me remind us that thermometers were used in AMVCA yet, motor jammed Egungun
People without symptoms have been shown to spread COVID19. If you wait for symptoms, you're already late
Help me inform Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA that electronic thermometer, alcohol based sanitizer, spaces between worshipers and effective airflow system cannot detect #COVID19 carriers without symptoms.— AyeMojubar 😷 (@ayemojubar) March 21, 2020
We need to also stop using the blood of Jesus to gamble. pic.twitter.com/sOq5zzPkEG
If you attend COZA’s service tomorrow and I pray not , you are infected with coronavirus , Biodun will not visit you at the infectious center . Be wise.— Woye (@woye1) March 21, 2020
It's very simple,— Barca Principal (@TheGeniusJaj) March 21, 2020
If COZA church service should hold tomorrow,
The police should go there, stop the service, arrest Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and disperse the congregation.
No one is bigger than the govt.
You know the funny thing? COZA Dubai is doing service online. They can respect authorities in Dubai but it's COZA Guzape and Gwarimpa they want to use Blood of Jesus for.— Bolouere (@boluxxxx) March 21, 2020
The funny thing about this COZA issue is that most of their members are highly placed, rich in society.— the Morris Monye factor (@Morris_Monye) March 21, 2020
You agree right?
Some of the members have the means to have travelled outside Nigeria in the last 3 weeks and back.
They now all want to converge in one place
Ok put 1+1
If the COZA church service goes ahead tomorrow, the responsibility for any mishaps following it should be laid squarely on the Minister of the FCT, the Minister of Health @DrEOEhanire and President @MBuhari.— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) March 21, 2020
Pic 1 is COZA Abuja, FCT.— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) March 21, 2020
Pic 2 is Celestial Church of Christ, CCC Ibarra, Abeokuta.
Is it not interesting that in many circles, COZA appears educated and sophisticated while people may look down on CCC.
Now look at both pics once more:
Which is the true educated church here? pic.twitter.com/FKPjbfI5Ly
Coza again!— Maj Gen Covenant Buhari (@CovenantBuhari) March 21, 2020
Just see the comments.
Is it illiteracy or they just feel they are immune to this virus? pic.twitter.com/qdDePtt031
Clearly, Biodun Fatoyinbo does not have advisers that can tell him “ah oga you have been dragged repeatedly in the last few months, let’s lock up shop and stay out of the news so we don’t embarrass COZA again.” Or they told him and he didn’t listen. Smh 🤦🏾♂️— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) March 21, 2020
Fatoyingbo COZA wants to secure the bag by all means tommorow, Corona virus is scary but securing the bag is importanter, watch gullible Nigerians ignore the high risk & troop to his church because our pastor said.......— YH (@Yemihazan) March 21, 2020
COZA will have their normal service tomorrow...this is the height of stupidity and exploitation. I don’t actually blame this boy, I blame his rich members who are educated, have phones, internet and can’t still know they are gullible. Shame....Big shame pic.twitter.com/f5HbbeImxt— Lola Okunrin (@lollypeezle) March 21, 2020
This describes COZA right now pic.twitter.com/C7t9ByteU4— #MESSIX (@smart33hypertek) March 21, 2020
How police should flog them at coza tomorrow pic.twitter.com/AM5evXakqC— Designer with Attitude (@dunsinbankole) March 21, 2020
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